Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Championship strugglers Derby County have seen their swoop for US international Josh Wolff cancelled by the UK Home Office.
The Kansas City Wizard was all set to join the Rams, with transfer fee and personal terms fully agreed upon by all parties.
Pride Park manager Billy Davies was taken aback by the decision, and expected Wolff to slot directly into his starting line-up.
"They applied for a work permit and were turned down on the grounds that he had not played a high enough percentage of international matches," Derby press officer Matt Reeder told YA.
"Obviously, there is not enough time for an appeal, what with the transfer deadline tomorrow. We were surprised considering he has taken part in World Cups."
For the record, Wolff has featured in 11 of the 25 "A" international matches the US has played since August of 2004, short of the 75% required for a stamp of approval.
The Georgia native has recorded 57 goals and 33 assists during his nine-year MLS career, five of which were spent with the Chicago Fire.